Migration Museum, Adelaide

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Learn about European immigration and settlement of South Australia at Migration Museum, a social history museum located in what was once the city’s destitute asylum. Between 1850 and 1918 the building housed deserted and destitute men, women, and children, but today maintains both permanent and rotating exhibitions. Featuring nine modern galleries, the museum showcases the history and culture of native peoples before European colonization, as well as the impact immigration had on the country starting with the 19th century. The oldest museum of its kind in Australia, this site aims to promote multiculturalism and tolerance through the preservation and understanding of South Australia’s diverse cultures. Our Adelaide online trip itinerary maker makes visiting Migration Museum and other Adelaide attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • The museum presents ideas and themes from the past 200 years that are still relevant today. The museum is split into parts so can feel a bit clunky to move around, but it is a fantastic space with... 
    The museum presents ideas and themes from the past 200 years that are still relevant today. The museum is split into parts so can feel a bit clunky to move around, but it is a fantastic space with...  more »
  • You might have visited the Migration Museum in primary school, but I still enjoyed it as an adult. The exhibits are really thought provoking. 
    You might have visited the Migration Museum in primary school, but I still enjoyed it as an adult. The exhibits are really thought provoking.  more »
  • Had a great time, the kids tour was super_ fun and interactive, my 7 year-old loved it. Highly recommended. Rob E 
    Had a great time, the kids tour was super_ fun and interactive, my 7 year-old loved it. Highly recommended. Rob E  more »
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  • The migration museum does a really good job at showing the history of where immigrants have come from during different periods of time, how our policies have changed towards immigrants over the years, and how the cultures brought into Australia influenced our nation to make it the multicultural society it is today. Great effort was made to set this museum up, and the entry fee is small. Toilet facilities are available.
  • This a very insightful point of attraction for people from all walks of life as the exhibits detail many reasons for immigration. The souvenirs section touches on objects that incite feelings of nostalgia while the latter part of the museum goes through the period of colonisation and beyond. I also thoroughly enjoyed the outer building that goes through the history of the buildings when they used to be lying in homes for women young and old. Children will love the interactive displays while adults immerse themselves in this history of migration both locally and domestically.
  • We literally had this as #2 thing to do in Adelaide. We had read the “Our Australian Girl” series and my 2 daughters and I were excited to see and hear more. Oh my gosh it was such a let down! Kids so not considered in the layout and display, only 1 of the interactive items worked although it would put most people to sleep. An attempt with a booklet for kids was cute but the layout is too boring to engage most people ... please Migration Museum, close down for 6 months, get in someone great and start again. We need to feel what migration was like not just look at some old artefacts.
  • Well worth a visit and I should have paid more for the entry.
  • Must visit. If you are interested in history the connection between the early immigrants and especially SA history is very interesting. I may say the exibits are outstanding!

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